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Taylor Swift's "Red"

Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums

Nov 3 2021 • 35 mins

In this special episode of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums, we tackle one of the best and most important albums of the past decade: Taylor Swift's 2012 pop masterpiece "Red". Swift joins host Brittany Spanos to discuss why this is her "one true break-up album" and how she was becoming aware of her own mortality just as she was about to release her fourth album. At 22, Swift was already America’s favorite country singer. With "Red", she grew up with a bona fide classic that touched on pop, dubstep, arena-rock and more, and set up the rest of her career (very much including this year's "Folklore"). Later in the episode, Rolling Stone staffers Claire Shaffer, Rob Sheffield and Brian Hiatt join Spanos to discuss the album's legacy.

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